Google “tips to look younger” and you’ll see a million different tips and tricks. 75% of them will follow the same mantra – drink water, use SPF, get sleep, don’t smoke, don’t sunbathe…the list goes on and on. Those are absolutely things that you should be doing that will certainly aid in at least preserving what you have. I’ll take it a step further to talk about some other ideas you might not have thought of.
Take 3 minutes to look at the sky (or ceiling) per day.
A weird little suggestion, eh? No, it’s nothing philosophical although taking a break throughout the day can have it’s benefits. Too often we are sitting staring down at things – our computer, phones and tablets. There is actually a thing called “smartphone face” or “tech-neck.” Doctors and experts (which I am not!) are saying that due to our constant frowning, looking down and faces stern with concentration, we are giving ourselves wrinkles and a sagging lower face faster than ever before.
Try it for yourself. Put your finger under your chin and look at your phone. You’re smashing your face and chin by constantly looking down. You’re also causing your neck muscles and ligaments to shorten, which can pull your lower cheeks and neck down and loosen elasticity at an accelerated rate. Scary? Absolutely. The fix? Make sure you take a break and stretch your neck muscles throughout the day. Taking a break will also pull you away from constantly squinting of frowning at your computer.
2. Invest in a good razor….for your face
The secret, unspoken “s” word. Shaving your face. I may have just ruined the mental image for men everywhere who believe that women are born like a hairless cat in all the places we choose to be. Not the case. Call it dermaplaning or whatever fancy name you want so as to not let on that you are, infact, shaving your face, but it can do wonders for your skin.
A professional dermatologist or esthetician will take a little scalpel-like razor to your whole face to remove dead skin cells. In the process, it also removes peach fuzz and leaves a bright, glowing and smooth canvas. I say to save your money and talk to a guy friend who won’t spill your secret (or just check out reviews) and invest in a run-of-the-mill razor. By regularly shaving your face, you remove the top layer of dead skin and encourage skin cell turnover while removing any peach fuzz that can impede on a great foundation finish.
As we age, hormones change which can create more of those whiskers than we care to admit, and our skin gets drier while shedding itself less. This type of exfoliation will help give you a smooth, bright complexion and will help your skincare products get deeper into the dermis. Make sure to use a base so that you aren’t tugging or causing irritation to your skin, and follow up with a good BHA to get into the pore to keep from ingrown hairs or infections.
3. Ditch the eyeliner under your eyes
As we age, we develop fine lines around our eyes and a general lacking of elasticity in our skin. The skin around the eye is one of the most delicate of the body, and generally is the first area to see the signs of aging. This also means that eyelids can start to become hooded when once we had big, round, youthful eyes. Knowing this, we can use optical illusions to help stave off the look of aging as much as we can. Lining your eyes underneath draws the visual down, and especially if you’re also lining at the top, closes in your eyes emphasizing sagging, circles or puffiness.
The goal is to make the eyes feel lifted and wide. If you like to line your eyes, stick to the top with a sultry smudge at the outter corners to give some dimension or a cute flick of a winged cat eye. If you absolutely can’t forego it, try a light eye shadow that gives you some lining capability but is soft and reflects light. Be careful to choose a neutral color with light relecting properties but steer clear of metallics or glitter which can have the opposite effect. Applying these products to the top-only also applies to mascara. Unless you’re going for a specific dramatic look, adding mascara to your bottom lashes creates the opportunity for black smudges throughout the day which make you look tired and can settle into fine lines. Using a white pencil to tight line your eyes can also help brighten the whites of your eyes and make them look more open, awake and youthful.
4. Invest in a good hair stylist
I love people watching at the airport because I see some of the most stylish women roll through. Two things I notice about a really well put-together woman of any age is a trendy yet age-appropriate hair style and clothes that reflect a classic style with a flavor of trendiness – meaning that it’s not trying too hard .
There are so many amazing choices these days with color and products and my favorite…the tools. It’s worth spending the $10-20 more for a hair cut or color for someone who really knows what they’re doing and for your type of hair. If someone doesn’t break out a pair of thinning shears on me, I wonder how they graduated hair school. I’m still paying for an ill-fated cut from 8 months ago. You just cannot cut my hair properly without them. Someone who can give you texture and a playfulness that fits your personality, while looking refined just has that extra set of confident polish to them.
Don’t underestimate a good stylist. They are not all created equal, NOR do they cut all types of hair with the same expertise. If you like someone’s hair that is like yours, snatch ’em up.
5. Lotion & lip balm are like American Express. Don’t leave home without it
This one is where I should listen to my own advice. I cannot stress how important lotion is and yet I despise the whole process so much it’s laughable. As we grow older our weight tends to fluctuate. Our skin stops shedding and rejuvenating itself. All of our past sins are starting to show themselves. This is when fine lines around the lips reveal their evil ways all of a sudden when your lipstick bleeds for the first time, or you ate too much turkey on Thanksgiving and your love handle starts to itch. It’s because…it’s dry skin…stretching. Which can cause stretch marks and skin that’s just flat out tired of bouncing back. You can read about my rubber band analogy here.
This is where the ounce of prevention quote comes into play. Ladies and gents in your late teens and 20s? Fall in love with moisturizing your whole body. Hands, feet, lips, you name it. A good workout routine, some leafy greens and fruits, and a healthy obsession with your favorite moisturizer and you’ll maintain beautiful skin well past your peers.
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